[Sust-mar] Save Nature and Democracy in Canada! Black Out Speak Out
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SAVE NATURE AND DEMOCRACY IN CANADA!
BLACK OUT SPEAK OUT
If you believe that good democracy requires all voices to be
fairly heard, speak out on June 4th.
On Monday, June 4, we invite you to participate in a national
campaign, Black Out Speak Out which was launched on May 7 by
the country's largest and leading environmental organizations,
in response to the federal government's attack on nature and
Environmental, community and social justice groups will darken
their website home page for the day on June 4th and speak out
against changes introduced in the federal government's budget
act (Bill C-38). People will instead find a splash page with
suggested actions to speak out for free and open public debate.
You may have seen our ad in the Globe and Mail, Hill Times or
La Presse, or our website http://blackoutspeakout.ca
To please powerful interest groups, the federal government is
dangerously changing the very laws that protect our environment
and ensure every Canadian has a voice.
The budget bill replaces the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act, empowers the federal government to crack down on charities,
including environmental groups that advocate for better laws
and policies, overrides National Energy Board decisions, rushes
projects through a weakened environmental review process to
speed up approvals, and tries to shut citizen groups out of
environmental reviews for pipelines.
Instead of using the usual process for sweeping changes, which
allows for thorough debate, these changes are being shoehorned
into a massive budget bill.
Other parts of the recently proposed federal budget will
suppress public debate by allocating an additional $8 million to
the Canada Revenue Agency to scrutinize environmental charities
in particular. This flows from complaints lodged by an
organization linked to the oil industry that refuses to disclose
its own sources of funding.
Silence is not an option.
Please join us in taking a stand for democracy, public interest
and environmental protection.
Black Out Speak Out is currently being spearheaded by CPAWS,
CAPE, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental
Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina
Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law,
and, WWF Canada.
VISIT WWW.BLACKOUTSPEAKOUT.CA TO LEARN MORE
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